Summer Warne has made a heartbreaking revelation after becoming the latest contestant to be revealed on Channel 10’s The Masked Singer.
Warne, 21, is the youngest child of Shane – who died in March last year aged 52 – and Simone Callahan.
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After her performance, while dressed as a Bad Avocado, she left the panel of judges in tears as she stated her song choice of Coldplay’s Yellow was a tribute to her late father.
“That was his favourite Coldplay song. It’s such a significant song to me and my family,” she explained.
“I want to make Dad proud. Singing Yellow was absolutely amazing – that song was his funeral song. Chris Martin sang it at the state memorial.”
In a heartbreaking reveal, Summer detailed just how tough growing up was as the daughter of an Aussie icon.
“I think from the age of eight, I was getting followed to school each day and there’d be cameras and the teachers would have to tell them to leave me alone,” she said to Yahoo Australia.
“If I was out at a party, I thought I had to act a certain way, because if I did the wrong thing, or said the wrong thing, people would look at my family and go, ‘Oh, she’s a horrible person’.
“I never wanted … I never asked to be in this life. And I think it was just very hard growing up in an environment where your whole life is kind of on screen.
“And if Dad made a mistake, it would reflect on me. And, you know, I thought people were looking at me differently.”
Shane tragically died in Thailand of a suspected heart attack in March 2022 in news that broke hearts around the world.
Summer says public life hasn’t gotten any easier for the family in the wake of the Spin King’s passing.
“I think it has gotten a bit more hectic, because they (paparazzi) can’t follow him around now, and they want to follow us,” she said.
“We’re just trying to live our lives and move on. Unfortunately, it is what it is.”
Warne was thrust back into the spotlight this year after a miniseries on his life went to air on Channel 9.
The making of the show drew heavy backlash when it was first announced with critics torching the network after it was released.
CODE Sports’ Lachlan McKirdy said it was: “Real bad. Shocking script and just a lot of cringe.”
Former Cricket Australia communications officer Matt Cenin posted: “30 minutes of the #Warnie telemovie … atrocious. What an embarrassment.”
One social media user wrote: “This is really good if you take out the actors and script and just look at the archive footage.”